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Cemetery Details

Location Thanbyuzayat, Mawlamyine District, Myanmar
Co‑ordinates N15.972957, E97.718567

Myanmar (Burma)

Extract from CWGC site (see link)

The notorious Burma-Siam railway was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma.

It was built by a slave labour force of Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, and civilians drafted from countries occupied by the Japanese.

During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar).

Two major groups of workers began at opposite ends of the line towards the centre. The Japanese aimed at completing the railway in 14 months and work began in October 1942. The line, 424 kilometres long, was completed by December 1943.

The graves of those who died during the construction and maintenance of the Burma-Siam railway (except for the Americans, whose remains were repatriated) that could be located, were transferred from camp burial grounds and isolated sites along the railway into three cemeteries at Chungkai and Kanchanaburi in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Myanmar.



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Service number VX18240
105 General Transport Company
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 31 Aug 1917

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GRANT, Eric Robert

Service number QX14688
2nd/26th Infantry Battalion
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 7 Jan 1919

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DICKINSON, Keith Johnson

Service number VX57167
2nd/15th Field Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 24 Dec 1903

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WEST, Ronald Peter

Service number SX9796
8th Division Salvage Unit
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 13 Jun 1917

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ZIEHLKE, Gerald Mervyn

Service number NX48120
2nd/15th Field Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 18 Nov 1917

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VIDLER, Keith Thomas

Service number QX1873
2nd/10th Field Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 12 Sep 1920

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ARMIT, William Fancourt Gifford

Service number VX65186
2nd/10th Ordnance Workshop
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 15 Feb 1915

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CUMMING, Thomas Stephen

Service number VX31670
2nd/4th Anti Tank Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 19 Sep 1912

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